Cecilian Concert Series presenting the best of the best
5. The China National Orchestra and the North Carolina International Orchestra will perform at the Dale F. Halton Theater on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College. The CNO is an arts institute of the Ministry of Culture in China. Fifteen members of the orchestra will perform in four concerts in the United States. The CNO is led by artistic director Xi Qiang, an expert in Chinese folk music. He also is a Chinese traditional stringed instrument performer. The NCIO is a symphony orchestra of professional musicians established for joint performances with the CNO. About 75 musicians from across the Southeast participate. The NCIO concertmaster is Xi Yang. The logistics of this project were coordinated by Lian Xie of the N.C.
Redfield Proscenium Theatre, with the introduction of rakedseating,creation of an interior control booth, and an 1,800 square-foot expansion of the scene shop. Act One also includes the remodeling of Church Fine Arts’ Front Door Gallery and the creation of an atrium entrance on Virginia Street. The modernization project at the building has received major support from the Nell J. Redfield Foundation and the Edna B. and Bruno Benna Foundation. “The Redfield Foundation has a deep and longstanding interest in fine arts in general and the Nell J. Redfield Proscenium Theatre in particular,” Jerry Smith, Redfield Foundation trustee, said. “This gift makes it possible to make necessary renovations to the theatre and to take a lead in developing the new center for fine arts.” The estimated completion for Act One is early 2014. The entire “play” in three acts will include additional space for art, music and dance. “We are thrilled to be able to further enhance the arts presence on campus and in the community,” Larry Engstrom, director of the University School of the Arts, said. “With these renovations and improvements to come, the many dedicated staff, faculty and students who make up the School of the Arts can continue to provide the arts education and performance opportunities a university-based community expects and deserves.” For more information and tickets for the Argenta Concert Series, go to www.unr.edu/cla/music/acs . Concert tickets can be purchased individually or for discount through package options.
Argenta Concert Series rings in three years at the University; first concert Friday
Photos by Alain Lafort and Peter Schaff When asked to describe the attraction of the Cecilian Concert Series, artistic director Lore Ruschiensky kept it short and sweet. aItas the very best of classical music presented by the best Canadian performers,a Ruschiensky explained in a recent interview. Entering its third season, the Cecilian Concert Series has developed a nationwide reputation in a relatively short period of time with its World Stage Series. The 2013-14 season opens Oct. 5 with the New Orford String Quartet, followed by concerts by pianists Jan Lisiecki (Dec. 1) and Andre Laplante (Feb. 15, 2014). For Ruschiensky, the quality of the artists are direct reflection of the reputation of the series. aIt doesnat get much better than that,a said Ruschiensky. aItas really a great lineup this year. Weave got those because of wonderful connections weave made over time … We didnat have to go looking for them. Iam getting more and more requests all the time from people who have heard of the series and want to participate.a The series spent its initial season at St. Cecilia before moving to Knox Metropolitan Church for the 2012-13.